Last minute geek Last minute geek and technology news, links, ideas and gift resources http://www.lastminutegeek.com/component/content/frontpage.html Sat, 19 Oct 2019 19:29:08 +0000 WorldDirector by Wornex International SRL en-gb Velocilinx Brennus Gaming Mouse review http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/58/2204958-velocilinx-brennus-gaming-mouse-review.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/58/2204958-velocilinx-brennus-gaming-mouse-review.html REVIEW – One of the key components of any computer system is obviously the mouse, which is used to select items on the screen.  For a gaming computer, a good mouse is extra important, as a gamer must be able to quickly and accurately click to move, shoot, collect items, and so on.  In this …

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Hitting the Books: How to sling a cat through interstellar space http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2204953-hitting-the-books-how-to-sling-a-cat-through-interstellar-space.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2204953-hitting-the-books-how-to-sling-a-cat-through-interstellar-space.html Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we've done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and...
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Burbank! Come to an emergency City Hall meeting on 10/29 to deal with the city's eviction crisis! http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2204936-burbank-come-to-an-emergency-city-hall-meeting-on-1029-to-deal-with-the-citys-eviction-crisis.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2204936-burbank-come-to-an-emergency-city-hall-meeting-on-1029-to-deal-with-the-citys-eviction-crisis.html On Jan 1, 2020, AB1482 comes into effect, capping rents at their rates as of March 15, 2019 plus an above-inflation; in response, the state's greediest landlords are evicting their tenants, either by raising their rents to levels they can't afford to pay between now and Jan 1, forcing them out, or by staging "no cause" evictions in cities that permit them. If those tenants are gone on Jan 1, the landlords can set a new rent floor that ignores the rates as of last March. California's largest landlords are private equity firms that took advantage of the foreclosure epidemic after the 2008 crisis to acquire thousands and thousands of homes, where they have slashed maintenance and jacked up rents, creating a new epidemic of homelessness. The other large cohort of California landlords are Real Estate Investment Trusts that are the primary vehicle for offshore oligarchs who want to launder their money. Burbank -- where I live -- has lax and difficult-to-invoke protections for tenants, permitting landlords to stage "no-cause evictions" for tenants regardless of whether they pay their rent on time and look after their homes. At a City Hall meeting on the issue that I attended last week, I ran into one of my daughter's babysitters and her neighbors: their apartment building had changed hands and the next day, the new landlord -- an anonymous LLC -- had served every single tenant with eviction notices, including families with small children (one mother showed me an envelope addressed to her young son that had personally notified him that he was being evicted). Read the rest {loadposition fake}

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Catalan independence movement declares a general strike in Barcelona http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2204937-catalan-independence-movement-declares-a-general-strike-in-barcelona.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2204937-catalan-independence-movement-declares-a-general-strike-in-barcelona.html The cause of Catalan independence surged in October 2017, when voters defied Madrid and voted in a banned independence referendum despite indiscriminate violence and rubber-bullet fire from police, who had earlier seized the ballot boxes (the independence movement had wisely procured a backup set of boxes just in case. The referendum led to a declaration of independence, and the central government responded by imposing direct rule and arresting the movement's leaders (the ruling coalition was trounced at the polls a few months later). Now, Catalan independence is surging again, on the news that the movement's leaders are to serve long prison sentences for "sedition": more than 500,000 people marching in Barcelona to inaugurate a general strike that has paralyzed the city. The protests were largely peaceful, though a few protesters were arrested for property damage, and earlier protests were characterized by police as "riots." Speaking in Brussels, acting Spanish Prime Minster Pedro Sánchez warned that those who caused disturbances would face justice. "There is no space for impunity in relation to the serious acts of violence we have witnessed over recent days in different cities in Catalonia," he said. Fernando Grande-Marlaska, Spain's acting interior minister, said there had been nearly 130 arrests since trouble broke out across Catalonia five days ago. He warned that rioters faced up to six years in prison. What is the latest? Masked protesters confronted officers near the national police headquarters in Barcelona late on Friday, throwing stones and cans at lines of officers in riot gear. Read the rest {loadposition fake}

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WaterField Designs new Air Duffel is the great result of another crowd collaboration http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/58/2204959-waterfield-designs-new-air-duffel-is-the-great-result-of-another-crowd-collaboration.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/58/2204959-waterfield-designs-new-air-duffel-is-the-great-result-of-another-crowd-collaboration.html NEWS – WaterField Designs has been killing it with all their new crowd collaboration designed bags. The latest bag that was created with ideas from over 1,200 frequent travelers is the Air Duffel carry-on bag. Available in black ballistic nylon or waxed canvas, this bag will hold everything you need for a quick business trip …

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The Morning After: Nike's accessible AJI http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2204954-the-morning-after-nikes-accessible-aji.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2204954-the-morning-after-nikes-accessible-aji.html Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend! This morning is a great time to catch up on all of Google's new hardware, our re-review of the Galaxy Fold and some exciting news items from Friday. That includes Nike's accessible Air J...
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AOC to endorse Bernie Sanders today http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2204938-aoc-to-endorse-bernie-sanders-today.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2204938-aoc-to-endorse-bernie-sanders-today.html Following on Ilhan Omar's endorsement of Bernie Sanders earlier this week, Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is expected to make her own endorsement for Sanders's candidacy today. Persistent rumors have Tlaib ready to endorse Sanders as well, though she has lately said that she is not ready to make any public endorsements (she and Sanders are due to visit her district in Detroit this month). AOC's endorsement is not surprising, given that she campaigned for Sanders in 2016. The remaining "Squad" member, Ayanna Pressley [D-MA], has not endorsed anyone; her district is in Elizabeth Warren's home state. Writing in Vice, Leila Ettachfini presents the case for feminists supporting Sanders over Warren: "But to act as if Warren is inarguably the evolved form of the Vermont senator is simplistic at best. Sanders’ policy proposals on many issues that affect women could be considered more progressive than Warren’s—specifically when it comes to addressing low-income women of color. While Warren wants to reduce rents for Americans by 10 percent, Sanders supports national rent control. While Warren only recently changed her previously unwaivering pro-Israel views, Sanders has condemned the Israeli occupation of Palestine since the 1980s. And while Warren’s newfound support of Medicare for All has left some questioning her commitment to the issue, Sanders has supported single-payer healthcare for decades." I am a donor to both Sanders' and Warren's campaigns. In anticipation of AOC's endorsement, I have made another donation to the Sanders campaign. I was also a donor to AOC's campaign. It remains unclear whether Sanders’s campaign can fully rebound following the candidate’s heart attack, which required not only a hospital stay but also the insertion of two stents in an artery and drew renewed attention to his age. Read the rest {loadposition fake}

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Holiday shopping can be a chore. Let us help! http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2204955-holiday-shopping-can-be-a-chore-let-us-help.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2204955-holiday-shopping-can-be-a-chore-let-us-help.html There's a scant 68 days until Christmas is once again upon us, and 65 until Hanukkah begins. There are likely plenty of people left on your shopping list, including those few who are always impossible to buy for (looking at you, Dad) so we want to le...
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Pitaka Fast Wireless Charging Pad review http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/58/2204960-pitaka-fast-wireless-charging-pad-review.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/58/2204960-pitaka-fast-wireless-charging-pad-review.html REVIEW – What’s round, thin and keeps your phone alive? A Pitaka Fast Wireless Charging Pad! It can be hard to get excited about wireless charging accessories these days, now that it’s so readily available. It seems just yesterday that many of us were wondering ‘Is it that hard to plug in a cable?’. The …

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HTC's Exodus 1s can run a full Bitcoin node for under $250 http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2204956-htcs-exodus-1s-can-run-a-full-bitcoin-node-for-under-250.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2204956-htcs-exodus-1s-can-run-a-full-bitcoin-node-for-under-250.html After first teasing the device earlier this year, HTC has detailed its new, more affordable Exodus 1s blockchain smartphone. The highlight feature of the device is that it can function as a full node. This means the phone is able to validate and tran...
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These travel accessories will help you pack like a pro for your next trip http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2204939-these-travel-accessories-will-help-you-pack-like-a-pro-for-your-next-trip.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2204939-these-travel-accessories-will-help-you-pack-like-a-pro-for-your-next-trip.html People tend to keep luggage around for a long time. And why not? New suitcases are pricey, and no matter how banged up or patched up that old bag gets, it still holds your clothes. Right? Maybe not. Here are 15 travel bags and accessories that make a strong case for upgrading your gear. They've got innovations that will let you pack more, improve your organization and be prepared for any emergency. Suitcases Tanka Engine Hard-Side 3-Piece Spinner Luggage Made of scratch-free ABS material and equipped with three dial-side combination locks, this baggage set presents a tough exterior. But when it comes time for packing, the flexible interior expands by up to 2.5", giving you a surprising amount of space. A set of 3 bags is on sale now for 10% off. J World Tanka Zuni 4-Pc Hard-Side Spinner Luggage Set Tanka's Zuni line sports the same expandable packing space and adds plenty of organizational perks. There's an X panel for keeping things separate and multiple mesh pockets for smaller gear. The 4-pack set includes a large and mid-size suitcase, carry-on bag and beauty case, all priced at 10% off the MSRP. J World DIA Polycarbonate Luggage Set Feather-light double spinners let these bags travel smoothly and quickly across the terminal, and the polycarbonate shell is durable yet pliable. Corner protection and interior dividers show attention to detail in this well-made set. Pick up the set of three for a 10% discount. Genius Pack 30" Spinner Upright Suitcase True to its name, the Genius Pack is loaded with features. Read the rest {loadposition fake}

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Remedy fixes 'Control' on the Epic Store so it will work offline http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2204957-remedy-fixes-control-on-the-epic-store-so-it-will-work-offline.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2204957-remedy-fixes-control-on-the-epic-store-so-it-will-work-offline.html The update that added a photomode to Remedy's moody shooter Control also added some new headaches for PC players who purchased it from the Epic Games Store. Although the team says that changes made were intended to validate "future expansions," their...
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Kik Messenger will keep running under a different owner http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2204929-kik-messenger-will-keep-running-under-a-different-owner.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2204929-kik-messenger-will-keep-running-under-a-different-owner.html Kik Interactive may have chosen to focus on cryptocurrency, but its messaging app will apparently live on. In a new post on Kik's blog, MediaLab has revealed that it has acquired Kik Messenger from its creators and will continue developing the app. M...
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WSJ: Facebook's news tab could launch by the end of the month http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2204907-wsj-facebooks-news-tab-could-launch-by-the-end-of-the-month.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2204907-wsj-facebooks-news-tab-could-launch-by-the-end-of-the-month.html While Mark Zuckerberg gives speeches about not wanting Facebook to be the arbiter of truth, the Wall Street Journal reports his company is setting up deals to launch its dedicated tab for news. In a post earlier this year, the CEO said "It's importa...
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Verizon adds 5G coverage to three basketball and hockey arenas http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2204908-verizon-adds-5g-coverage-to-three-basketball-and-hockey-arenas.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2204908-verizon-adds-5g-coverage-to-three-basketball-and-hockey-arenas.html You don't have to watch football if you want 5G coverage from Verizon (Engadget's parent company) while you're attending live sports. The carrier has switched on 5G coverage at three major basketball and hockey arenas, including San Francisco's Chas...
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Netflix's 'Cowboy Bebop' production pauses after John Cho is injured on-set http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2204909-netflixs-cowboy-bebop-production-pauses-after-john-cho-is-injured-on-set.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2204909-netflixs-cowboy-bebop-production-pauses-after-john-cho-is-injured-on-set.html The wait for Netflix's live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop will be a little longer than expected, as Deadline reports production is shut down for seven to nine months. Unfortunately the pause is due to a knee injury suffered by lead actor John Cho...
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Pay what you want for these 10 Mac apps & get the most out of your MacBook http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2204891-pay-what-you-want-for-these-10-mac-apps-a-get-the-most-out-of-your-macbook.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2204891-pay-what-you-want-for-these-10-mac-apps-a-get-the-most-out-of-your-macbook.html Do you own a Mac? Unless you're using it for a paperweight, you almost can't afford not to get the Magnificent Mac Bundle. It's a roundup of some truly essential security and file management apps, bundled up with great photo and video enhancers. The best part is that all nine apps are potentially available for pennies. There's a "pay what you want deal" for the bundle that allows you to name your price. No matter what that number is, you'll at least get something. But before we get into the deal itself, here's a breakdown of the apps: UltData Mac Data Recovery - A lifesaver for busy workers with wayward files, this one protects your data from accidental deletion, formatting snafus, virus infections or a host of other calamities. MovieSherlock Pro Video Downloader - Get any video from anywhere in its native format. The downloader also converts to MP3 or MP4 and can handle multiple files simultaneously. Dropzone 3 - This drag-and-drop file manager makes everything you do easier, from installing apps to shortening URLs. Wallpaper Wizard 2 - Tired of the same stock photos on your screen? Choose from 25,000 images in 4K HD, customizable for display on multiple devices. AnyTrans for iOS -If you spend time bouncing between devices, AnyTrans makes sure you can access all your files without confusion and manage your data, contacts and media from anywhere. Camera Guard 3 Pro - That webcam of yours can be an open window for hackers or malware. This service locks it (and your microphone) down with state-of-the-art app blockers and access PINs. Read the rest {loadposition fake}

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If you are in LA, come to Nicoletta Ceccoli's art opening at Corey Helford Gallery http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2204892-if-you-are-in-la-come-to-nicoletta-ceccolis-art-opening-at-corey-helford-gallery.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2204892-if-you-are-in-la-come-to-nicoletta-ceccolis-art-opening-at-corey-helford-gallery.html Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles will be showing the work of painter Nicoletta Ceccoli from November 2 to December 7. Here are a few of the paintings in the show: Read the rest {loadposition fake}

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US lawmakers criticize Apple over Chinese app censorship http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2204910-us-lawmakers-criticize-apple-over-chinese-app-censorship.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2204910-us-lawmakers-criticize-apple-over-chinese-app-censorship.html In a new letter co-penned by a bipartisan group of members of Congress, federal lawmakers say they have "strong concern" related to Apple's recent actions in China. The letter, which is addressed to CEO Tim Cook, zeroes in on Apple's decision earlier...
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Nike puts an accessibility twist on its iconic Air Jordan 1 http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2204824-nike-puts-an-accessibility-twist-on-its-iconic-air-jordan-1.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2204824-nike-puts-an-accessibility-twist-on-its-iconic-air-jordan-1.html The Air Jordan 1, which NBA legend Michael Jordan debuted in 1985, continues to be one of Nike's most popular sneakers to this day. Throughout the years, the company has launched hundreds of different iterations of its iconic model, and now it's putt...
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